October 07, 2011

The world's simplest nail polish DIY

I feel almost silly calling this a DIY, it's so easy. But I love the way it turned out, and if you're a fan of nail polish—particularly the very sparkly kind—you might love it too.

I was in Walgreens the other day perusing the seasonal offerings and ran across a tiny bottle of holographic glitter in the Halloween section. Really holographic. I was enthralled. I also found myself wondering what I could use it for (other than its actual uses of getting all over everything in a very pretty way).

I've been looking for a good holographic nail polish for a while now. My great white whale happens to be China Glaze's OMG, but as a discontinued color, it's hard to find.

So what did I do? Bought myself a clear coat and a bottle of glitter and et voilĂ :

(The second bottle of clear coat is my experimental bottle; I didn't take pictures of the before because I didn't think to!)

A really pretty holo polish!

Just add a little of the glitter to the bottle of clear coat, then shake. Repeat until you've used about a third of the glitter, more if you want more coverage in one coat.

Here's what three coats plus top coat looks like in the sun:

And a blurred photo so you can see the sparkles.

It's not even close to Moby Dick (see above), but it's pretty awesome. The only downside:

It settles. Badly. But a good shake before each use and you're good to go.

I'm definitely going to try this with more glitter colors!


  1. Also, get some BB stainless steel pellets to put in the bottle and it'll shake up nicely. =D

  2. So tricky! Great solution for what you are longing for (white whale).

  3. It might be "simple", but it's also mighty clever! Good job, Mands!!

  4. Good tip, H! Thanks.


    Jen-Thank you. It turned out really well. :)

  5. where do you get that type of glitter?

    1. Hi, Anon. :) I bought it at Walgreens right around Halloween. However, I'm sure you can use super fine craft glitter, too!